Marcus Rashford gives Jadon Sancho verdict ahead of Man Utd transfer

Marcus Rashford has tipped Jadon Sancho, who could soon join him at Man Utd, to be England’s secret weapon against Germany in their Euro 2020 clash

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Marcus Rashford believes Jadon Sancho’s familiarity with many of the German XI could prove to England’s benefit on Tuesday night.

The Three Lions face their old rivals at Wembley with a spot in the last eight of Euro 2020 on offer.

Germany are in something of a transitional phase with Joachim Low leaving his post once their tournament ends.

They have certainly not looked like the sides of old and England go into the game as narrow favourites, even if they themselves have been underwhelming thus far.

Gareth Southgate has not yet unlocked the team’s attacking potential with Sancho’s peripheral role seen as a surprise by many.

Marcus Rashford has high hopes for Jadon Sancho

The Borussia Dortmund winger, who looks set to join Rashford at Manchester United in the coming weeks, registered 16 goals and 19 assists in last season’s Bundesliga.

And now Rashford is hoping the 21-year-old can be a major asset against players he’s had success against previously.

“In a way yeah because he’s played a lot of football against them, more than the rest of us,” he told ESPN .

“I’m sure he knows the players, their characteristics, strengths and weaknesses and he’s definitely someone that can exploit them. If one thing doesn’t quite work we have a big opportunity to change things and adapt in the game.

“Adaptability is one of the biggest skills in football and there’s a lot of times in a game where you have to change or tweak something slightly to hurt your opponents.

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The winger has been a star in Germany over the past few years

“The fact that he’s played against them a lot, he’s hurt them a lot as well, it will be a big factor for us.”

German Jurgen Klinsmann concedes there has been plenty of surprise in his homeland that Sancho has been used so rarely.

Thus far Southgate has only used the winger for six minutes, but their opponents hope that doesn’t change on Tuesday night.

“It is Sancho that Germany would fear at Wembley – if he plays. They know how good he is,” Klinsmann told the BBC.

“What makes him such a special talent is his technical capability at a very fast pace, and he is fearless – he just goes at people. I love watching him because, when he gets the ball, he excites the fans.”

Southgate has had to defend his youth of Sancho and some of England’s other players.

The Three Lions boss insists he wants to be “realistic” about what he expects from his young crop.

“We’ve got some explosive options and a lot of them are young players and experiencing a big tournament for the first time,” he said.

“So as a coaching staff we are realistic about our expectations of them as individuals.”


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